Small Craft Safety Certification
Date: Saturday 17 August 2013
Time: 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Location: Camp Lakamaga
Small Craft Safety Certification is the current Safety-Wise requirement for a canoe trip leader. Learn the skills necessary to prevent, recognize, and respond to canoe emergencies, and gain the knowledge to assist a troop in planning and implementing a canoe outing. This certification covers flat water canoeing, and is valid for a three-year period. Please note that this is a safety and rescue certification course, not a canoeing skills class. Participants must be experienced canoeists who are prepared to pass a prerequisite canoe skills test, which will be given approximately one week prior to the class. Participants who are unable to pass the prerequisite test will be unable to attend the training. (Healthy Living & Creativity, Outdoor Awareness & Environment)
Bring: Your favorite paddle and an adult-sized life jacket if you have one. There are a limited number of adult-sized life jackets and paddles at camp, comfortable layered clothing and/or swimsuit, change of dry clothes/shoes, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, pen/notebook, bottled water
Prerequisite: In order to complete the pretest, you will need to demonstrate the following:
- Float or tread water for 1 minute without a life jacket.
- Swim any stroke for 25 yards without a life jacket.
- Swim any stroke for 25 yards while wearing a life jacket.
- Safely launch and control a canoe using the proper strokes while paddling forward and backward, turning, stopping and holding position. Paddling will be done solo, either alone in the canoe or with a non-paddling partner to help balance the canoe. When paddling forward and backward, steering strokes, such as J-strokes or sweep strokes, must be used to maintain a straight line course without switching sides or ruddering.